June 5, 2012- For cash strapped school districts in rural East County, tonight's final results will mean deeper cuts for local schools. Two bond measures have gone down in defeat, one by the slimmest of margins.
Article by Kristin Kjaero
Video by Kristin Kjaero and Miriam Raftery
June 3, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Flag Day Parade reminds us that Centennials are a time to reflect.
- Bill protects businesses from disability act suits (Sacramento Bee)
- Counties miss deadline to send ballots to overseas, military voters (California Watch)
- More water to be shipped to California; good news for avocado growers (North County Times)
- Fire Chief saves colleague’s life (NBC)
- AT&T opposes SDG&E wildfire recovery request (North County Times)
- Civic leader Jim Wieboldt drops out of race for La Mesa City Council (La Mesa Patch)
- Grossmont and Alvarado hospitals get B and C grades for safety (La Mesa Patch)
- Bullets fired in field hit close to residents, Hanson Elementary (Ramona Patch)
- Man Who Tried To Kill Wife Sentenced To Life In Prison (10 News)
June 5, 2012 (San Diego)
With 20.8% of precincts counted, Dem. Ron Vargas has a stong 47.51% lead. Rep. Michael Crimmins is in second follows by Dem Dennise Ducheny with 13.91%.
June 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter has dodged a series of debates with his four opponents vying for the 50th Congressional District seat—with one exception. He showed up at a conservative Tea Party candidate forum in Ramona on May 19. Now Democrat David Secor has released a full video of Hunter’s remarks, along with a barbed critique.
“He clearly does not know history or economics,” said Secor, who cited several examples. “He also said quite clearly that he was not interested in the views of his constituents in the district, that he voted “his conscience,” and that if voters didn’t like it they should vote him out of office. That was the only part of his diatribe that I completely agreed with.”
View the video, at this link, and scroll down to see Secor’s commentary: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cg9cKKN5XnU
By Nadin Abbott
Photographs Nadin Abbott and Tom Abbott
June 5, 2012 (San Diego)-- At an early morning visit with voters and staff at Bayview Baptist Church, Congressman Bob Filner (D-50), who is running for Mayor of San Diego, and Dr. Shirley Weber, candidate for State Assembly, brought smiles as they met with children--future voters.
Filner and Weber share a common bond, since both have formerly served as President of the San Diego Unified School District Board and have voiced strong support for public education.
Recognized for Biliteracy by San Diego County Office of Education
By Brian Lafferty
June 5, 2012 (San Diego) – The Adventures of Tintin is Steven Spielberg at his purest…and fluffiest. It’s a throwback to the early half of his career, when his forte was adventure tales filmed with the verve of a young boy with quite an imagination, particularly the first three Indiana Jones films. This also extends to films like The Goonies that Spielberg didn’t direct, but his involvement was so pronounced they might has well have.
By Brian Lafferty
June 5, 2012 (San Diego) – There is a scene in Rage in Heaven in which Philip (Robert Montgomery) lures Ward (George Sanders) up to a scaffold at a steel mill where a worker fell and instantly perished in a pile of molten steel. According to the workers, the scaffold’s oblique positioning is such that it’s impossible for anyone to see anything. As Philip convinces Ward to lean over and look down, he’s ready to push the man to his death.
CAL-FIRE offers tips for safe brush-clearing
June 4, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – CAL FIRE has sent a warning advising homeowners to use caution when clearing dead brush and grass. While creating defensible space is a critical step to prepare for wildfire season, as fire danger rises, unsafe use of power equipment can actually start a fire.
In fact, CAL FIRE’S Mike Mohler told ECM, the Banner Fire that charred 5,321 acres near Julian last week was caused by brush-clearing equipment.
June 5, 2012 (San Diego) – For many, the array of issues and candidates on today's ballot can be confusing. This is the first election to implement California’s new top-two primary system. Instead of seeing all candidates in your own party, your ballot will include candidates from all parties running for each race, except president.
For those seeking more information, scroll down to find links to the major political parties’ voter guides, as well as links to nonpartisan voter information sites with addition details.
You can also find ECM articles on many of the candidates, races and issues in the Politics section at www.EastCountyMagazine.org or by using the search bar on our website.
Still have an absentee ballot? You can drop it off at any polling place.
By Miriam Raftery
June 5, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) -- In the final days and hours before the election, East County candidates have been pounding the pavement and blitzing cyberspace in the push to get their messages out. So have backers and opponents of ballot propositions.
At Viejas, the tribal council donated space for phone bank volunteers to make calls in support of Prop H, an Alpine school bond measure.
79th Assembly candidate Mary England, a Republican, spent this morning waving at morning commuters with an entourage of sign-toting supporters.
RANKING MEMBER OF HOUSE VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMITTEE AND SAN DIEGO IRAQ VETERAN CHALLENGE ROMNEY’S RECORD ON VETERANS ISSUES
June 4, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for mountain and desert areas in San Diego and Riverside Counties beginning this afternoon and extended to late Tuseday night. A low pressure trough is moving inland, bringing southwest to westerly 20-30 mph winds with gusts up to 50 mph locally.
June 3, 2012 (San Diego) –East County Magazine requested interviews with the four top contenders in the San Diego Mayoral race. Two responded. Read our interview with Congressman Bob Filner here: http://eastcountymagazine.org/node/7210 and with Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher here:http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/9877 . We also covered the Politifest debate featuring Fletcher, Filner, and several lesser known candidates here: http://eastcountymagazine.org/node/7305
Additional resources that we recommend to learn about all of the mayoral candidates include:
June 4, 2012 (San Diego) The U.S. Health & Human Services Department has awarded $9,398,738 for healthcare in the communities of San Diego, Campo and Brawley.
“The Affordable Care Act invests in our community health centers and helps make healthcare accessible and affordable. Close to $10 million for healthcare locally means new jobs and the ability to serve more patients,” Congressman Bob Filner (D-San Diego) said, noting that since 2009, employment at community health centers nationwide has increased by 15 percent.